Ah! The small joys of life

When your office friends plan a surprise party for you –

They would convince your boss to make you come to office even though your boss had agreed and given you permission, a few weeks back, to work from home on that particular day for whatsoever reason. You wonder why the boss changed his mind suddenly and wants you in office that day. You would be mad at him. He would apologize and blame your close friend for convincing him to make you be present for the party. How can you be mad at your close friend? So in the end you would appreciate the friend’s effort and be pleased with your colleagues. 

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When your  husband plans a surprise party for you – 

He would convince you to take Lime to a birthday party even though you are not well that morning. When you come back home and open the door, you would hear many of your friends shout ‘Surprise!‘. The house would be decorated. Your favorite food would have been ordered. The cake would look delicious and there would be smiles everywhere. 

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When there’s a celebration in office but you are too lazy that you do not want to move out of your desk – 

Your friend would bring you a piece of cake from the celebration. You would eat. You would enjoy. 

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When your parents are at home – 

Every day, for lunch, you would eat fresh food cooked by your mom. And, when all the chores are taken care by your parents you would just spend most of your time relaxing at home. And when your mom and your son massage your legs you would take a pic and post it in your blog!

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oh boy, the big 3-O!

She is now 10 times older than her son.

She is still collecting her thoughts on how she feels on this day.

She is spending her special day with her parents after 9 long years.

She got 2 surprise parties this year and NO gifts from Lemon. She will NEVER forget this in her life.

She is at home watching the snow fall and sipping hot coffee while typing this post.

She is not ready to leave the childhood behind but she knows she has to after this day. Many people cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood at 21. For her it has been different.

She has never considered herself a part of the category called ‘grown-ups’. She has so far enjoyed being the child. Being the youngest in the household. Being pampered for everything at home. Today, she feels she cannot escape the grown-up category anymore. The 3-O feels like a very big number. She doesn’t know why. But it bothers her.

She was worried when Lemon turned 30 a couple of years back. He convinced her saying its just a number and that he will always remain young at heart.

She is not sure what changes this new year and number will bring into her life. For now, she just wants to stop worrying and hope for the best.

She wants to, going forward,  dedicate little time each day to do something that she really loves.

She had a goal that she wanted to achieve on this day and it has come true. She is happy for that.

She has learned not to make any decisions when she is upset.

She has come to realize that almost half of her life is over. 

She is different now and feels wiser, happier, confident and determined. 

She is Lavender and yesterday was her birthday!:):):)

To read more about her, click here.

A letter to my husband on his birthday

Dear Lemon,

You are probably a little nervous about this letter now since I always like to be cheesy and as embarrassing as possible about you in my blog.  But do not worry. Today is your birthday so I will be a good wife and write only about what I like about you. I might have said the same things before but I think we all know by now that that’s kind of how I roll this blog. So, Ready? And go.

You are the heart of this blog. If it weren’t about you, I wouldn’t be here writing this post now.

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You do things in a way that only you can do in the way you do them.

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You are the reason we laugh so hard

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You do crazy things with me

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You are the awesome dad who likes to play with his son. And, I can’t wait to see how good you are going to be with our next baby!

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You look incredibly good when holding hands and walking together with Lime

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You take us on a vacation every year so we can relax and enjoy

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You love us

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Happy Birthday dear husband! You are the best! I hope you have a fantastic birthday today and you owe me a BIG treat this evening.

Loooooooooove,
Your wife!

DIY Project ~ Ombre Chair

I knew you can ombre your hair. But how about an ombre furniture?

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Our first DIY Ombre Chair!:) Do you like it?

I came across this at Anthropologie when shopping around for furniture’s for our new home. Loved the effect. But not the price!

Since then I wanted to incorporate this effect in one of my very own furniture. So this past weekend, I wanted to try the ombre effect on our old dining chair. We discarded our dining table a while ago but kept couple of the dining chairs for whatever reason. The chairs are so useless to us now and a lifeless thing at home.

I often see such chair on the curbside every week on the trash pick up day. Poor things! I didn’t want to throw mine away and wanted to turn them into something lively.

The chair was just waiting to be redone, so we got started! This is a very simple easy DIY experience.

Materials

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~ Wooden Chair

~ Gloves

~Paper rolls

~ Masks and Googles (Optional)

~ 3 Spray Paints (We used Metallic, Red and Black)

Instructions

1. Clean the chair. Remove any dirt and smooth the surface so the paint will stick better.

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2. Now, starts the fun part. Start with the base color.. spray thin coats. Let it dry and then re-coat after few minutes. A couple of coats just worked good for our chair.

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3. Wait for 15 minutes.

4. Move to the center color. We choose red. Focus on getting the center first and then go upwards and downwards on the chair. While working on the spindles, decide how far up and down you would want to go. Spray quickly and away from the chair. Be sure to keep the color heights even.

That's my Lemon in action ;)

 

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Let the paint dry

5. Let the red coating dry. Once dried, we worked on the bottom of the chair. We flipped the chair and started spraying from the bottom up. 

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We did not care much to spray paint the bottom of the seat. But you can do it if you want to.

6. Give it a final inspection and fix any spots left out.

Let the chair dry completely. May be overnight or a day. I couldn’t wait so I took a picture of it before letting it out to dry!

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This makeover transforms any old boring chair into a DIY ombre furniture piece that adds color to your home decor. Try and Enjoy!

A peek inside Quebec City

If you are a regular reader here, you would know by now that most of our holidays happen without any prior planning. We decide and go just in the last minute. So like every other time, our bags weren’t packed. The hotels weren’t booked. We did not know French. There was a snow storm on our way and frigid winter temperature was in place. But we expected our holiday to start as-per-our-last-minute-plan.

Since our anniversary fell on a weekday this year, we couldn’t do much. So, we decided to opt for a weekend getaway. At around 1 PM on Friday, we decided to go to Quebec City, Canada. It was a 6 hr drive from home. 

I left from work at around 2:30 PM. It took me almost 1/2 an hour to clean the snow from my car. It was difficult. In frustration, I sent an angry message to Lemon and started driving home. How the message went to my boss instead of Lemon is another story. Lets leave it at that.

Below is how the roads looked-like that day.

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As soon as I reached home, I decided to pack dinner for us while Lemon cleaned the snow from our driveway. To my surprise, we finished everything we wanted to do just in time and left home around 5:30 PM. 

We drove for about 4.5 hrs and stayed at a hotel for the night. Next morning, we reached Quebec City at around 12 PM. The french-speaking-city with European-style architecture was charming and beautiful.

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The Parliament Hill

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Old Quebec

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